Tennessee defeats South Carolina 86-70

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)—Tyler Smith had 22 points and J.P. Prince 20 as Tennessee clinched a share of Southeastern Conference Eastern Division with an 86-70 victory over South Carolina on Thursday night.

The Volunteers (19-10, 10-5) won their third straight. While the Gamecocks can still earn a piece of the division crown with a win over Georgia and a Vols loss to Alabama this weekend, Tennessee’s sweep of South Carolina this year earned it the No. 1 spot.

The Gamecocks (20-8, 9-6) hadn’t lost a league game at home this season. However, they couldn’t match Tennessee’s inside power. The Volunteers held a 44-22 rebounding margin.

Devan Downey and Zam Fredrick had 16 points each to lead the Gamecocks, who were blown out for a second straight game after 96-83 defeat at Vanderbilt that wasn’t that close.

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 Top Performers
Tyler Smith Tyler Smith
8-17,  22 Pts
6 Rebs, 7 Assists
 South Carolina
Devan Downey Devan Downey
6-15,  16 Pts
3 Rebs, 6 Assists

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